WALL STREET JOURNAL BESTSELLERIn her late twenties, Cait Flanders found herself stuck in the consumerism cycle that grips so many of us: earn more, buy more, want more, rinse, repeat. Even after she worked her way out of nearly $30,000 of consumer debt, her old habits took hold again. When she realized that nothing she was doing or buying was making her happyonly keeping her from meeting her goalsshe decided to set herself a challenge:she would not shop for an entire year.The Year of Lessdocuments Caits life for twelve months during which she bought only consumables: groceries, toiletries, gas for her car. Along the way, she challenged herself to consume less of many other things besides shopping. She decluttered her apartment and got rid of 70 percent of her belongings; learned how to fix things rather than throw them away; researched the zero waste movement; and completed a television ban. At every stage, she learned that the less she consumed, the more fulfilled she felt.The challenge became a lifeline when, in the course of the year, Cait found herself in situations that turned her life upside down. In the face of hardship, she realized why she had always turned to shopping, alcohol, and foodand what it had cost her. Unable to reach for any of her usual vices, she changed habits shed spent years perfecting and discovered what truly mattered to her.Blending Caits compelling story with inspiring insight and practical guidance,The Year of Lesswill leave you questioning what youre holding on to in your own lifeand, quite possibly, lead you to find your own path ofless....
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The Year of Less: How I Stopped Shopping, Gave Away My Belongings, and Discovered Life Is Worth More Than Anything You Can Buy in a Store Reviews
This is not just a 'unclutter your stuff' kind of a book, but also about saving money and getting only things that matter, not just what you think others expect, or what you want to be in your 'ideal self' future. Yeah, it's a 'one-year of __' (doing something, living in another place/country etc.) book, but it's a good one of that kind, and you can trust that all information you can gather to apply on yourself will be there at the end of the book, and you don't have to pick anything as you read ...more
I got this audio on Hoopla and I have to say I’m pleasantly surprised. Cait Flanders delivers more of a memoir than a how-to guide and the result is a very honest look at some self-assigned lifestyle changes that brought about deep introspection, which led to healing, self-acceptance and deliberate decision making. 3.5 stars
Super quick read on a topic I’m interested in - how less can mean more. This book is more memoir than how-to and I was interested in her story and all the ways in which she cake to having and wanting less. Glad I read it. It’s so much more than just a story of not shopping for a year.
An inherently less indulgent Julie & Julia. 😉 Warning: this is NOT a self-help book! It is a memoir and should be reviewed as such. I had to check how Cait Flanders categorized her book after the first few chapters and was pleased to confirm that she was in fact writing a memoir. (Although she does include a perfect little “how to” at the end of her journey in the epilogue.)
I cringed when she started to say that she was a blogger – I have had a couple bad reads from bloggers-turned-book auth ...more
This was a very simple book that didn’t try to go very deep into the issues of consumerism and addiction. It floated on the surface and told a beautifully written story of one woman’s attempt to be buy less, drink less, eat less and be more organized. I loved it. But at the same time, it highlighted all the things we aren’t really and truly mindful of. E.g. This big machine in which we are only a tiny cog. The death of workers’ rights, and the rise of the gig economy. The way in which our consum ...more
I thought this was a good memoir of a year cutting back and being intentional. It’s the process I’m going through currently (month 4) so I concur with the lessons learned and the process chosen. That said I listened to this on audio and there were more than a few times I felt like the author wrote 2 nearly identical sentences back to back to make a point. So while I won’t give it 4 or 5 stars for writing, I appreciated the honesty and openness of the story shared. I’d recommend it if you are con ...more
I never review books. I simply read then, rate them and move on. This book was so misleading that I found myself very upset and disappointed so I am writing a review to let others know before they purchase. **uncertain if there should be a spoiler alert as I don't review. I do not believe I gave any spoilers, but read with caution**
I was excited to come across this book and pre-ordered it based on the title and description. I figured it would be a great read to hear about how life would be like ...more
It's certainly not what I thought it would be. It turned out to be a sort of diary of a young woman's life dealing with weight loss, drinking and spending addictions. It's a short book, so I finished it in a couple of days. Bravo to her for getting it published. But I think I could have published my diary too.